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MPP Lindo calls for Ontario Seniors Advocate

Kitchener Centre MPP Laura Mae Lindo says a seniors advocate would be independent from government, and would provide voice for seniors and their caregivers

It's well documented the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed faults in Ontario's long-term care system.

But a private members bill, tabled by Kitchener Centre MPP Laura Mae Lindo, is calling for part of the solution, a Seniors Advocate that would operate independently from government.

Lindo said the bill addresses concerns raised at Queen's Park, noting people were left feeling vulnerable and alone with things changing around them because of the pandemic.

Jane Meadus from the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly added some have the idea that seniors homes have these overarching rights over residents in decision-making, and an advocate could help discuss things and change attitudes in homes, government and legislation.

As of Wednesday morning, there have been 116 COVID-19 related deaths in Waterloo Region.

Ninety-five of those deaths were among residents in local long-term care or retirement homes.


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